Foster County, North Dakota

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Foster County, North Dakota
Foster County Courthouse - Carrington ND.jpg
Foster County Courthouse in Carrington, North Dakota.
Map of North Dakota highlighting Foster County
Location in the U.S. state of North Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded October 11, 1883
Seat Carrington
Largest city Carrington
Area
 • Total 647 sq mi (1,676 km2)
 • Land 635 sq mi (1,645 km2)
 • Water 11 sq mi (28 km2), 1.8%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 3,303
 • Density 5.3/sq mi (2.0/km2)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website www.fostercounty.com

Foster County is a county located within the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,343.[1] Its county seat is Carrington.[2] The county was founded in 1873 and later organized in 1883.[3][4] It was named for George I. Foster, a pioneer and member of the Territorial legislature.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 647 square miles (1,680 km2), of which 635 square miles (1,640 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.8%) is water.[6] It is the second-smallest county in North Dakota by area.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
188037
18901,2103,170.3%
19003,770211.6%
19105,31340.9%
19206,10815.0%
19306,3534.0%
19405,824−8.3%
19505,337−8.4%
19605,3610.4%
19704,832−9.9%
19804,611−4.6%
19903,983−13.6%
20003,759−5.6%
20103,343−11.1%
Est. 20163,303[7]−1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2016[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,759 people, 1,540 households, and 1,031 families residing in the county. The population density was 2/km² (6/sq mi). There were 1,793 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (3/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 99.02% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.05% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. 0.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 43.1% were of German, 31.0% Norwegian and 5.4% Irish ancestry.

There were 1,540 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 6.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.00% were non-families. 30.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 21.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 98.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,019, and the median income for a family was $40,469. Males had a median income of $31,442 versus $19,750 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,928. About 7.60% of families and 9.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.90% of those under age 18 and 12.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,343 people, 1,495 households, and 930 families residing in the county.[12] The population density was 5.3 inhabitants per square mile (2.0/km2). There were 1,801 housing units at an average density of 2.8 per square mile (1.1/km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 98.4% white, 0.6% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.9% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 54.2% were German, 35.9% were Norwegian, 9.8% were Irish, 5.8% were American, and 5.1% were Swedish.[14]

Of the 1,495 households, 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.8% were non-families, and 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.81. The median age was 46.7 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $41,066 and the median income for a family was $55,278. Males had a median income of $40,076 versus $29,189 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,945. About 3.4% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.[15]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 72.2% 1,241 20.2% 347 7.6% 131
2012 61.2% 1,030 36.1% 607 2.7% 45
2008 55.4% 914 41.6% 687 3.0% 50
2004 69.0% 1,219 29.3% 518 1.6% 29
2000 67.2% 1,172 27.2% 474 5.6% 97
1996 45.9% 801 38.1% 664 16.0% 279
1992 41.4% 803 29.1% 565 29.5% 572
1988 58.8% 1,218 40.4% 837 0.7% 15
1984 64.2% 1,422 34.6% 765 1.2% 27
1980 66.6% 1,534 25.5% 586 8.0% 183
1976 48.6% 1,120 49.8% 1,147 1.7% 38
1972 60.3% 1,352 38.4% 861 1.3% 30
1968 52.3% 1,119 41.9% 897 5.8% 123
1964 41.3% 927 58.6% 1,315 0.1% 2
1960 53.3% 1,351 46.7% 1,182
1956 53.5% 1,234 46.1% 1,062 0.4% 10
1952 64.2% 1,558 35.5% 862 0.3% 8
1948 44.8% 938 52.0% 1,089 3.2% 66
1944 44.4% 891 54.9% 1,102 0.7% 14
1940 43.2% 1,109 56.3% 1,446 0.5% 12
1936 24.8% 685 68.7% 1,894 6.5% 180
1932 24.7% 609 74.4% 1,838 1.0% 24
1928 49.0% 1,137 50.8% 1,178 0.3% 6
1924 45.1% 922 14.1% 287 40.8% 834
1920 79.0% 1,583 18.5% 371 2.5% 50
1916 44.5% 549 53.6% 662 1.9% 24
1912 30.0% 285 42.4% 403 27.7% 263
1908 56.0% 569 42.7% 434 1.3% 13
1904 71.7% 618 25.9% 223 2.4% 21
1900 61.5% 415 35.7% 241 2.8% 19

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2006. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ "County History". North Dakota.gov. The State of North Dakota. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 130. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-14. 
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-14. 
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-14. 
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-14. 
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 

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